Next stop was Florianopolis, a large island connected to the mainland by bridge. The island has lots of beaches and surfing as well as a massive lake in the middle, you get great views over the lake and ocean as you drive across the island. We spent a few days here, including Aiden’s birthday, staying in an Airbnb with a great host who showed us around the island, taking us to the best surfing spots, I’m a terrible surfer and the waves were much too advanced for me but Aiden went in and spent an hour or so getting smashed around a bit by the waves before admitting defeat. We spent more time relaxing, having a look around the island .and learning a bit more about life in Brazil. In this area the beach and surfer lifestyle is very much similar to some Australians.
A bit further up the coast is a fairly small peninsula with several little beach towns, we went to Bombinhas as we had heard that there was good diving. The town itself is very tourist orientated and we were told they get a lot of Argentineans visiting, the main beach by most of the accommodation and restaurants was packed with people all the time, as you can see from the picture. Due to the position of the town its surrounded by lots of beaches, all of which you can get to within a 20 min drive and all of which had very few people on them. Unfortunately there was no diving during the time we visited, although it mainly seemed to be introduction dives that were shallow and short. Even still we spend a few days visiting different beaches and viewpoints, we even managed to take the kayak out for a spin much to the amusement of many people on the beaches.